In my last two blog posts, here and here, I've been researching the origins of the wedding saying
"Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a sixpence in her shoe."
Today's topic is Something New. Carrying, or wearing, something new on your wedding day is supposed to symbolize your bright new future and hope as you start a new chapter in your life. Traditionally, this item is a gift from either the groom, or the bride's parents.
There are several items that are used to symbolize something new - your dress, your shoes, etc. Here are some of my favorites:
1) Jewelry - a new piece of jewelry from your fiance or your parents easily fits the bill for this tradition. A necklace, earrings, bracelet, anklet, it doesn't really matter what it is as long as it's new. I'd recommend not going with a ring, though; the only new ring you really need on your wedding day is the one your new husband gives you!
2) Flowers - If you look at most traditional who-pays-for-what info-graphics, you'll see the bride's parents pay for the flowers, but the groom is listed as paying for the bride's bouquet. This tradition is why; the groom is giving the bride something new in the form of flowers, fresh, dried, or silk! You can even mix numbers 1 & 2 in a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and brooches.
3) Perfume - scent is one of the most powerful of the senses. It can effect your mood, your memory, attraction (to a person or an object). Having a new bottle of perfume on your wedding day can link that scent forever in your memory with your wedding. I do suggest testing a new scent before using it on your big day, though. You definitely want to make sure you like it before wearing it all day!
4) Handkerchief - as well as being your something new, carrying a handkerchief is a practical idea, especially if you get emotional during the ceremony. Include your new monogram and wedding date on the handkerchief for an extra special touch. If you don't want something 'extra' to carry, have it wrapped around your bouquet!
What other ideas have you seen used, or used yourself, as something new? Comment your ideas below and the one I like best will win a small gift basket of Washington made products, similar to picture shown below*!
* Items in basket will be similar, but may not be exactly the same as shown in picture. Retail value $60
I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that loves to be creative. It doesn't matter if it's crafts, floral arrangements, writing, knitting, crocheting, sewing, playing the piano, or coloring.